Athletics: Dulwich Runners win a gold medal in ladies 45-plus team event

Dulwich Runners ladies 45-plus team won a gold medal at the British Masters Cross Country relays in Derbyshire on Saturday.

Despite the cold weather and icy rain the 3km Long Eaton course was in excellent condition and allowed runners to post fast times.

Clare Elms led the team out with a commanding run in 11:06 that beat her own course record at this age group.

Ange Norris, despite dropping a place to last year’s champions Bristol & West, kept their front runner in check.

Michelle Lennon overturned the deficit on the last leg to take gold by 16 seconds in a course record time of 36:12 for the age group. Such was the strength of the performance it would have been good enough for third place in the 35-plus category as well. Laura Vincent and Ros Tabor also took part in the race.

With half-term and illness limiting the men’s 35-plus team’s chances, Nick Brown ran a solid opening leg to allow Jonathan Whittaker and Tom South to power through the field into the top 20.

Alastair Locke continued his improving form following injury to consolidate the team’s position. Andrew Murray held off a late charge by Birchfield Harriers’ B side to finish 16th.

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